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MLB: Cleveland Indians News & Notes 8/29/2013

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"Crash" Carson comes to town, Kluber close to coming back, and playoff odds and WAR explained (but don't tell Brandon Phillips).

In a pickle of one's own juice
In a pickle of one's own juice
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Cleveland Indians at Atlanta Braves - August 28, 2013 | MLB.com CLE Recap - "That was really bad for the team," Cabrera said. "It was my fault. That's it."

Crash Carson will try to avoid teammates and walls: Cleveland Indians chatter | cleveland.com - Striking out, on the other hand...

Kluber nearing return with solid 'pen session | indians.com: News - Following a simulated game on Saturday in Detroit, Indians right-hander Corey Kluber may be ready to be activated from the 15-day disabled list.

Tribe didn't claim OF Josh Willingham on waivers: Cleveland Indians insider | cleveland.com - The Indians' offense is struggling mightily in August, but they were not the team that put a waiver claim on Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

And...

Josh Willingham claimed on waivers by the Orioles | HardballTalk
Via Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Josh Willingham was claimed off trade waivers by at least one other team, a major-league source told the Star Tribune on Wednesday, giving the Twins until noon Friday to work out a trade or pull him back.

Why You Should Care About Playoff Odds | FanGraphs Baseball - Dave Cameron explains.

Joe Blogs: Explaining Cabrera, Trout and WAR - Joe Posnanski delves into the world of WAR craft.

The Angels' rotation is dragging them down. | SportsonEarth.com : Marc Normandin Article - Yes, Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols have been free agent disappointments. But the main reason the Angels are fighting for fourth place in the AL West is a mediocre pitching staff. With little payroll flexibility and few options, can they eventually turn things around?

Former White Sox executive sentenced to two years for defrauding Dominican players | HardballTalk - The seamy side of Caribbean baseball recruiting.

Brandon Phillips goes off on Cincinnati Enquirer baseball writer C. Trent Rosecrans | HardballTalkReds second baseman Brandon Phillips apparently took issue with something written recently by the stat-minded C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer and went off on Rosecrans in the visitor manager's office Wednesday evening at Busch Stadium with manager Dusty Baker looking on.